Deciding to jump into real estate investment is just the beginning of a variety of decisions you’ll have to make. You’ll be surrounded by questions and things to ponder and consider. So, what is it that makes a property worth buying in order to rent out to tenants? What should you be looking for in a great investment property?
- Quick turnaround time – By this, we mean that you should be looking for homes that you can buy and have a tenant living there in no time. It can be costly and unwise to invest in a property that will need a ton of renovations before you can rent it out. It’s recommended to look for properties that will generate enough rent in 10 months to cover all costs or follow the “2% rule.” This is the financial rule that states that your monthly rent should be at least 2% of the total purchase price of a property.
- Check out the number of days homes are staying on the market as well as what other rentals are offering – If a neighborhood is seeing a decrease in the number of days on the market for homes being sold, this shows that the housing market in that area is heating up and could be especially desirable. On the other hand, if you see rental properties offering discounts and deals, this could be a sign that landlords are having a hard time filling the spots they have open and that the neighborhood isn’t ideal for tenants.
- Look into what else is available in the neighborhood – Big businesses spend a lot of money to scout out desirable neighborhoods that will sustain their company. If a Starbucks, Whole Foods, or trendy business is moving in, it’s a great sign that the area is booming and will bring tenants looking for a place to call home. If you’re looking at places in a college town, you need to know that you’re more likely to have a high turnover of tenants – people looking to stay for 1 – 4 years while they finish a degree. If you’re targeting millennials in a city, target your home searches to walkable neighborhoods that are close to public transportation and restaurants/businesses.
If you ever have any questions about real estate and investment properties, don’t hesitate to reach out to our helpful team. We’re here to ensure that your properties and investments are well taken care of.